Horticulture Technical Services Manager in Vancouver, BC at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 10/18/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us! 

We are looking for a Technical Services Manager who will support our Western Canada market (BC, AB, SK, MB, NT). Ideally, this position would work out of the Vancouver, BC region with the option to work from home.

The Technical Services Manager will serve as HGC’s primary technical advocate for products and related services in their respective territory. The products that will be supported primarily include lighting, fertilizers and growing medium products. Brands include Gavita, Sun Systems, General Hydroponics, Botanicare, Fafard and RootFactory. Hawthorne manufactures and distributes other product types and brands but these will be secondary to the three mentioned product areas.

In this role you will:

  • Provide direct technical support to HGC sales managers, distributors and growers to help drive sales of HGC products.
  • Develop relevant sales literature tailored to the end user of the information (grower, sales, distributor).
  • Help design and implement grower-based trials of products.
  • Liaise with R&D to identify new products needed for the market, find new uses of current products and continually refine product use recommendations.
  • Proactively communicate uncovered opportunities and recommended solutions.
  • Continually explore new ways to communicate seamlessly with growers and sales to provide amazing technical support.
  • Coordinate complaint investigations or product issues to ensure an accurate assessment and timely resolution.
  • Provide information and analysis of competitive products to insure Hawthorne maintains a leadership position in those segments in which we compete.

The perfect person will have:

  • B.S. degree (M.S. preferred) in a biological science discipline such as horticulture, agronomy, soil science, biology or similar.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in hydroponics, controlled environment agriculture (CEA), greenhouse, or ornamental nursery.
  • Strong working knowledge of typical and routine grower practices in greenhouse, hydroponic, or controlled environments.
  • Appreciation for the responsibilities of sales associates/distributors to help ensure success.
  • Strong written and verbal skills. Ability to describe complex technical information in a manner that is easy to understand.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.